This book is definitively different than what I have received lately. And it was a breath of fresh air because of it's theme.
I'm the kind of person who likes variety in what I read. I can go to Amish fiction to science fiction without problems. This particular book from Jerry B. Jenkins would go in my suspense/police category. And it will indeed entertain you and keep you on the edge of your seat.
A dramatic even will change the life of the main character. Change that will be so drastic and emotional that he will fall into the pit of bitterness. Will he be able to see the God of forgiveness and trust him completely? This is what you will have to discover while you read this amazing story. You will be transported in the Chicago Police Department and you will witness how the life of a cop can be hard. He is drawn to study the organized crime in his city and is interested in being part of the unit dealing with this. This makes me wonder if he is not borderline suicidal because the organized crime unit is a though assignment. I sense that part of his decision is made because he wants to fill the whole in his life and maybe join his family where they are. Amidst of his pain and his struggle with God, Boone Drake will get back on his feet and become the cop that he is intended to be and re-establish his relationship with God.
It made me wonder what I would do if something so dramatic would happen in my life. How would I deal with my pain? Would I trust God with everything? Would I blame Him? Would I let others reach out to me? Even with all this questions coming to me as I read through the book, I am enjoying the story. Having a novel that has a bit more action in it is nice once in a while.Read more ›
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
The Brotherhood - A New Police Thriller from Jerry B. JenkinsJan. 13 2011
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The Brotherhood is a police thriller, complete with gangs, organized crime, guns, drugs and the cops who put their lives on the line every day.
It's also a book that doesn't shy away from a true-to-life crisis of faith. Jenkins explores the hard questions. Why does God allow tragedy? How much control do we have over our lives? Why aren't good people rewarded for doing good while bad people seem to be rewarded for evil? Can God forgive those who have committed the most heinous crimes? And why would He bother?
I appreciated the way Jenkins answers these tough questions. They aren't answered with neat, tidy platitudes. They are wrestled with by characters grasping at faith when life has thrown them to the ground. These characters-and their faith or lack thereof-are real.
The plot follows Boone Drake as he deals with his own personal trauma while planning a dangerous operation that could cripple organized crime in Chicago. The tension and suspense escalate to a satisfying conclusion - with plenty of room to continue the story into book two of the series.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Captivating NovelFeb. 1 2011
Mocha with Linda
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This is actually the first Jerry B. Jenkins book I have read and it absolutely captivated my interest from page one; I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!. Boone's experiences bring to mind the old sports intro "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat." How quickly life can go from one to the other in the blink of an eye. When Boone's world is rocked to the core, he isn't sure of anything anymore, especially what he thinks about God. His emotions and questions are raw and honest and pulsate throughout the novel. Woven throughout this fast-paced story of the battle against gangs and organized crime in Chicago is the story of an even bigger spiritual battle that Boone--and all of us--face, as well as the message that God freely offers forgiveness to all who call upon Him. As for the ending. . . well, let me just say that enough was resolved to tide me over until the next book in this series, and enough left dangling to leave me eager for more!
I received a complimentary copy of this novel for my review from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a postive review.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Definitely Worth The Read!Feb. 1 2011
Jolene S. Arrant
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An unexpected accident changes Boone Drake's life in an instant. Faced with death, guilt, and bitterness, Boone disdains the house he lived in and the God he claimed to serve. Unable to understand such tragedy, he searches for meaning in his job, his routine, and the bottom of a bottle. Led by the faithful Pastor Sosa and supported by his partner, Jack, Boone faces one day at a time and finds that time does not heal all wounds, sometimes there is no human understanding about why tragedy occurs, but there is a God who is faithful through it all. From the depths of depression to the thrill of rounding up gang leaders, Boone travels a difficult path and ultimately finds that there is a hope to live for.
It didn't take long for The Brotherhood to grab my attention. Jerry Jenkins' writing style is flawless and easy to read, yet compelling. The moral lesson that stood out to me most was the theme about the importance of valuing a relationship with God in both the good and the bad times. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. Any one of us could experience an unexpected tragedy. The important thing is to recognize that God is with us whether life is going great or if things are tough.
I found the plot unique. It's not everyday that you read about a gang leader, repentance, and forgiveness all together. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fiction. People who are affiliated with law enforcement or enjoy law enforcement novels will especially enjoy this book. Although the book is good as a stand alone, I look forward to the next book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Horrific Event is too Graphic in DetailFeb. 7 2013
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I liked the beginning of this book about a young, Christian cop with a good partner, happy marriage, adorable son. I like police procedure stories and it promised to be a good one about solving crimes. I like Christian stories and the idea a character can actually have good relationships. (Too many stories revolve around broken marriages and divorced or widowed characters. Why can't happily married people still have stories in their lives?)
Then a terrible tragedy strikes the life of Boone Drake. It would have been bad enough if he'd been told his family was "burnt beyond recognition." But the horrific scenes were described in graphic detail. Unfortunately, my visual mind envisioned those scenes and horrified me to the point I simply can't finish reading the book.
When I want tragedy I read the newspaper. I don't want to go on this "downer" trip with the character in the book to find out how he deals with it, even though I get the idea he may obtain some spiritual healing based upon some of the other reviews I read of the book. I can't review the ending of the book because I can't bring myself to read it. Life is too short to spend it on unnessary grief. There's enough of that in real life.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Rather uninteresting start to a seriesFeb. 2 2011
Jonathon D. Burns
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The Brotherhood by Jerry B. Jenkins
The Brotherhood tells the story of Boone Drake, the man who has everything: he's a respected cop and has a beautiful wife and a baby boy. His partner at the police force is one of his closest friends, and Boone aspires to get on the OCD (Organized Crime Department). But a terrible tragedy sends his life spiraling downward and he doesn't know if he'll ever pull through. He has to, however, because his help is needed in dealing with one of the largest Mob bosses in Chicago. Will Boone be able to overcome the tragedy he suffered, or will he turn his back on his dream?
The hook for the books was good, straightforward and intriguing. Also, Jerry B. Jenkins has a distinct way of creating characters. Early last year I read his novel Riven, which I thought was a solid story about a prison chaplain. When I started The Brotherhood I instantly was able to see the similarities in how Jenkins creates characters. If you love Jenkin's character's you may very well want to read this book.
However, I found the story often clichéd, and at times a bit long. A couple chapters into the book is when the tragedy happens (which I will not spoil for you), and then the Mob Boss isn't introduced until well past page 200. And, despite the suffering and pain Boone goes through, many other things happen that seem too good to be true. At one point he is accused of brutality after accidentally injuring a criminal. Instead of seeing the case all the way through, the criminal drops the charge because he has a guilty conscious and knows Boone didn't mean to hurt him. In the end none of it seemed believable - I wasn't drawn into the story.
That said, it is still impressive that Jenkins decided to tackle the theme of suffering. It is something many authors, fiction and non-fiction have tried to do and it is not always done well. Though clichéd and cheesy in a way that only Christian fiction can be, Jenkins still has a well thought out approach. Suffering is not a sensible things and it when it hits it is never pretty. However, suffering need not be the end all, and strength can be found in friends and in faith.
Jerry B. Jenkins co-authored the wildly bestselling series Left Behind as well as the aforementioned Riven. He purchased and owns the Christian Writers Guild, an organization which has the goal of improving the quality of Christian Fiction.
I received this book free from Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255